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Pakistan Stockpiling Nukes

Members of Congress have been told that Pakistan is stockpiling nuclear weapons even as the country is battling a Taliban insurgency, causing concerns that billions of dollars in U.S. aid could go to manufacturing more weapons for the program. The Obama administration is focused on preventing the country’s 80 to 100 nuclear weapons from falling into the hands of Islamic insurgents—meanwhile, Pakistan is producing bomb-grade uranium and a series of new reactors. President Obama wants to pass a treaty preventing nations from producing fissile material, but hasn’t commented on Pakistan’s nuclear activity as the two nations are in a delicate diplomatic phase right now. Congress is considering sending $3 billion to the area over five years to beef up counterinsurgency efforts, on top of $7.5 billion in civilian assistance.